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Free training means eligible Year 12 graduates are exempt from paying student contribution fees under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs.

Year 12 fee-free arrangements were introduced from 1 January 2014, and became known simply as 'free training for Year 12 graduates' in 2018.

Free means the full cost of your training fees are covered. You will not be required to pay a student contribution for training fee.

Training fees must represent the total cost to the student and include any enrolment charges, tuition fees, services fees, material fees and all other costs associated with delivery.

Students may incur related costs, however, such as uniform and resource costs for apprentices and trainees.

Free training is available to Year 12 graduates who enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year (31 December) after they complete Year 12.

Students must have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification.

No, not under the free training for Year 12 graduates' arrangements. However, you may be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

No, only high priority qualifications are guaranteed to be free. Year 12 graduates need to enrol and start training in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year following their completion of Year 12 to be eligible under the free training arrangements.

We encourage students to research carefully when choosing their training course and provider. Fee arrangements may vary for government subsidised qualifications under other training programs, or for qualifications which are not a high priority.

Follow the steps on the free training for Year 12 graduates page.

The training consumer tips web page also includes a list of tips to follow when making decisions around enrolling in a training course and choosing a registered training organisation.

For more information, please contact the department on 1300 369 935 or

If a student discontinues with one training provider they can re-enrol with another training provider and still be eligible for free training, provided it is within the calendar year after they complete Year 12.

The free training for Year 12 graduates is available through two Queensland Government training investment programs - the Certificate 3 Guarantee program and the User Choice program, which delivers workplace-based apprenticeship and traineeship training.

Undertaking the free training for Year 12 graduates may exhaust your entitlement to further Queensland Government subsidised training.

For this reason it is very important that you take the time to consider and compare your training options and costs, before signing an enrolment form or committing to a course of study which will use up your Queensland Government subsidised training entitlement.

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Last updated 2 August 2018

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